At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To screen for infection with high risk types of genital human papilloma virus, which are associated with cervical cancer
When to Get Tested?
If you are a sexually active female, or have symptoms of HPV infection (genital warts), or have an irregular cervical screening
A sampling of cells from the cervical area
Test Preparation Needed?
It is recommended that you do not use tampons or vaginal creams, deodorants, or medications for 2 days before the test. Some healthcare professionals may request that you refrain from sex for 24 to 48 hours before the test. Reschedule the test if you are having your period (menstruating). You may be asked to empty your bladder before the examination.